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Scott D. Pierce

TV Reporter, Arts, entertainment and culture

801-257-8805, spierce@sltrib.com


  •   Lil Rel Howery as Bobby Carmichael, Tiffany Haddish as Nekeisha, Amber Stevens West as Maxine, Jerrod Carmichael as Jerrod Carmichael, David Alan Grier as Joe Carmichael and Loretta Devine as Cynthia Carmichael in ’The Carmichael Show.’ Chris Haston  |  NBC Scott D. Pierce: ‘Carmichael Show’ takes a brave step into uncomfortable territory
    Jerrod Carmichael — a standup comedian-turned-sitcom star — said he is “used to going to a somewhat uncomfortable territory with material.” He does ju...
    Updated May 25 2017 01:39 pm   |     |   Share

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      Peyton Elizabeth Lee stars as the title character in “Andi Mack,” which is being produced in Utah. Fred Hayes  |  Disney Channel Disney Channel renews made-in-Utah ‘Andi Mack’ for Season 2
    There’s good news for the Disney Channel and for Utah — the cable outlet has ordered a second season of “Andi Mack.” Production on the second season w...
    Updated May 25 2017 11:06 am   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Brooks Lennon (27) celebrates Real forward Yura Movsisyan (14) after Movsisyan  scored for Real Salt Lake, in MLS action Real Salt Lake vs. Los Angeles Galaxy at Rio Tinto Stadium, Saturday, March 18, 2017. Scott D. Pierce: MLS’ latest TV plan is just plain dopey
    It’s no secret that Major League Soccer’s national television ratings are not good. Last year, national telecasts averaged 188,000 viewers on Fox Spor...
    Updated May 24 2017 03:38 pm   |     |   Share

  • Clive Standen and Victoria Snow star in ’Taken.’  Credit: Cristos Kalohoridis/NBC Surprise! Maybe your favorite TV show didn’t get axed
    As the television networks announced their fall schedules over the past few days, the biggest surprises came not in what shows were canceled, but in w...
    Updated May 24 2017 09:43 am   |     |   Share

  •   Tim Allen starred in “Last Man Standing” for six seasons. Courtesy ABC Scott D. Pierce: No, politics did not kill ‘Last Man Standing’
    The latest Really Dumb TV Controversy is the protest over ABC’s cancellation of “Last Man Standing.” The fact-free theory is that because the sitcom’...
    Updated May 22 2017 10:43 am   |     |   Share

  •    Kyle MacLachlan returns to “Twin Peaks.” Suzanne Tenner  |  Showtime Clouded in mystery, ‘Twin Peaks’ is back
    Most television shows are about plot. “Twin Peaks” was about damn fine cups of coffee, cherry pie, the Log Lady, Agent Cooper, otherworldly dreams, a ...
    Updated May 19 2017 04:10 pm   |     |   Share

  • Justin Slee  |  World Productions and Masterpiece  Joanne Froggatt stars as serial killer Mary Ann Cotton in “Dark Angel.” Scott D. Pierce: Froggatt, De Niro play evil in 2 TV movies
    Joanne Froggatt and Robert De Niro are lovely people who play monsters on TV this weekend. Froggatt stars as a 19th-century serial killer whose vict...
    Updated May 19 2017 03:04 pm   |     |   Share

  • Real Salt Lake defender Chris Wingert, left, fights for control of the ball with Colorado Rapids forward Kevin Doyle in the first half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Commerce City, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Scott D. Pierce: Midgame TV interviews are a waste of time
    Just because you can do something, does that mean you should do it? Not always. Among the things that sports telecasts could certainly do without are...
    Updated May 16 2017 09:49 pm   |     |   Share

  • ’Downward Dog’ stars Ned as Martin and Allison Tolman as Nan.   Craig Sjodin  |  ABC Scott D. Pierce: ‘Downward Dog’ is surprisingly good. Really!
    I’m in love with “Downward Dog.” Completely caught up in this new ABC series. That’s probably not a surprise to anyone who knows me, because I love d...
    Updated May 15 2017 09:24 am   |     |   Share

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    |  Courtesy review.org and cabletv.com  According to the website reviews.org, Jimmy Fallon is Utah’s favorite talk-show host — and Utah is the only state that likes Fallon best. Utah is the only state that loves Jimmy Fallon the most ... based on Google searches
    Utah has always been kind of a different place. Peculiar in many ways. And distinctive. Including our preference in talk-show hosts, if the folks at R...
    Updated May 10 2017 05:32 pm   |     |   Share

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004, file photo, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.’s headquarters stands in Hunt Valley, Md. Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the nation’s largest local TV station operators, announced Monday, May 8, 2017, that it will pay about $3.9 billion for Tribune Media, adding more than 40 stations including KTLA in Los Angeles, WPIX in New York and WGN in Chicago. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark, File) Scott D. Pierce: Will Trump ties affect sale of Salt Lake City’s KSTU-Ch. 13?
    KUTV-Ch. 2’s owner is buying KSTU-Ch. 13’s owner. But FCC regulations prohibit one company from owning both stations, so that’s that, right? Maybe. ...
    Updated May 15 2017 09:24 am   |     |   Share

  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     ESPN college football commentators David Pollack, left, Le Corso, and Kirk Herbstreit talk about the Washington at Utah matchup on College Gameday at President’s Circle on the University of Utah campus, Saturday, October 29, 2016. Pierce: ESPN is still TV’s most powerful sports channel
    With the high-profile layoffs and all the stories about how ratings are declining, there seems to be an impression that ESPN is on the verge of bankru...
    Updated May 08 2017 10:05 pm   |     |   Share

  • Channel 2’s owner buys Fox 13’s owner — but may have to resell local station
    KUTV-Ch. 2’s parent company is buying KSTU-Ch. 13’s parent company — and the president of CEO of Sinclair said he thinks the FCC will allow his compan...
    Updated May 08 2017 08:19 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Courtesy photo)   Lamorne Morris, Max Greenfield, Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson and Hannah Simone star in ’New Girl.’ Scott D. Pierce: Will your favorite TV shows live or die?
    The broadcast networks will announce their fall schedules next week, which means, of course, that programmers are in the process of deciding which cur...
    Updated May 08 2017 08:42 am   |     |   Share

  • In this April 11, 2017 photo, host Jimmy Kimmel appears during a taping of ’Jimmy Kimmel Live,’ in Los Angeles. Kimmel says his newborn son is home and doing great after open-heart surgery. A tearful Kimmel turned his show’s monologue Monday, May 1, into an emotional recounting of the crisis with what Kimmel called a ’happy ending.’  (Randy Holmes/ABC via AP) Scott D. Pierce: Kudos to Kimmel for defending Obamacare
    Sometimes late-night television transcends its own medium. Becomes emotional. Becomes important. Like when David Letterman summed up the feelings of ...
    Updated May 04 2017 03:09 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Taysom Hill (7) is tackled by Mississippi State Bulldogs linebacker Richie Brown (39) during the game at LaVell Edwards Stadium Friday October 14, 2016. Pierce: ESPN cutbacks are not good news for BYU
    Last week’s layoffs at ESPN have no immediate effect on anything in Utah, but they’re certainly an indication that there’s reason to worry. It made h...
    Updated May 02 2017 11:01 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Online junior Katerina Excell gives her presentation ’I Won’t Give Her Up: Eustacia Cutler, The Woman Whose Stand Changed the Path of Autism,’ during the Utah History Day State Contest at Hillcrest Junior High School on Saturday. Don’t know much about history? These Utah students do — and they portray it in newfangled ways
    Murray • On Christmas Day, twins Jose Samuel and Jorge David Zapata were outside in the snow, acting the parts of a pair of World War II heroes for a ...
    Updated Apr 29 2017 10:28 pm   |     |   Share

  • Scott D. Pierce: Broadcast TV remains a powerful force
    If you’re looking for people predicting the impending demise of broadcast television as we know it, Las Vegas is not the place to go. At least not dur...
    Updated May 03 2017 11:56 am   |     |   Share

  • Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday and Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon in ’American Gods.’ Courtesy Starz Very adult ‘American Gods’ will reach out and grab you
    “American Gods” opens with a sequence set long before there was an America. Vikings come ashore in the New World and … well, let’s just say that what ...
    Updated May 22 2017 02:52 pm   |     |   Share

  • FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, file photo, Federal Communication Commission Commissioner Ajit Pai speaks during an open hearing and vote on ’Net Neutrality’ in Washington.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) Scott D. Pierce: What could it mean to Utah’s news scene if KUTV’s owner buys KSTU’s owner?
    The parent company of KUTV-Ch. 2 is trying to buy the parent company of KSTU-Ch. 13, so is it possible that the two local stations could operate as pa...
    Updated May 22 2017 02:50 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman (5) goes for the ball, as Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almiron (10) defends, in MLS action, Real Salt Lake Vs. Atlanta United, at Rio Tinto Stadium, Wednesday, April 22, 2017.   Pierce: No news is good news for RSL broadcasts
    Contrary to some reports, the American Sports Network is not going out of business. It is, however, undergoing some changes. Why should anyone in Uta...
    Updated May 22 2017 02:57 pm   |     |   Share

  •    Johnny Flynn and Geoffrey Rush star as Albert Einstein in ’Genius.’ Dusan Martincek  |  National Geographic Channel Scott D. Pierce: It takes a ‘Genius’ to engage with Einstein
    For a lot of us, when we hear the name Albert Einstein, we think “E=mc²” and the 1951 photo of him sticking out his tongue at the camera. The 10-part...
    Updated Apr 25 2017 08:46 am   |     |   Share

  • Elisabeth Moss stars in  ’The Handmaid’s Tale.’ George Kraychyk  |  Courtesy of Hulu Television: ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ is timely and frightening
    Hulu’s adaptation of “The Handmaid’s Tale” has already received brickbats from the right and bravos from the left — from people who haven’t seen it ye...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 09:07 am   |     |   Share

  • A pedestrian walks past the News Corp. headquarters building in New York displaying posters featuring Fox News Channel personalities including Bill O’Reilly, right, on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. There was no immediate response from Bill O’Reilly’s bosses Wednesday to escalating reports that the Fox News Channel personality will lose his job following accusations he had harassed women. New York magazine said that Rupert Murdoch and his sons James and Lachlan, who run Fox parent 21st Century Fox, had decided that O’Reilly was out and executives were planning  the exit. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) Scott D. Pierce: Will firing O’Reilly be enough to fix Fox News?
    Fox News has finally fired Bill O’Reilly, so does that mean a new era has dawned at the cable news channel? An era in which sexual harassment and arro...
    Updated Apr 20 2017 02:49 pm   |     |   Share

  • (FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2015, file photo, Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale walks off the court after an NBA basketball preseason game against the Memphis Grizzlies, in Memphis, Tenn. A person familiar with the decision says the Rockets have fired coach Kevin McHale, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015,  after the team started the season 4-7.  The person spoke on to The Associated Press)   on the condition of anonymity because the move had not yet been announced. Assistant J. B. Bickerstaff will take over as interim head coach. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File) Scott D. Pierce: TNT’s Miller, McHale think pressure is on Clippers
    TNT analyst Reggie Miller doesn’t think the Jazz’s lack of playoff experience puts them at a particular disadvantage in their matchup against the Clip...
    Updated Apr 18 2017 11:40 pm   |     |   Share

  •   Jeff Varner, Sarah Lacina, Zeke Smith and Debbie Wanner at Tribal Council on the seventh episode of ’Survivor: Game Changers.’ Jeffrey Neira  |  CBS Entertainment Scott D. Pierce: ‘Survivor’ accidentally does something important
    After 17 years on the air, “Survivor” remains a highly entertaining and highly successful TV show. On Wednesday, it crossed over into Important Televi...
    Updated Apr 17 2017 09:16 am   |     |   Share

  • Matthias Clamer  |  FX  Ewan McGregor stars as Emmit Stussy in Season 3 of ìFargo.î Ewan McGregor does double duty in 'Fargo,' all because he happened to be in Utah
    Ewan McGregor is starring as a pair of brothers in the upcoming season of “Fargo,” because he happened to be at the right place at the right time. In ...
    Updated Apr 17 2017 09:12 am   |     |   Share

  •   Peyton Elizabeth Lee and Lilan Bowden — pictured here in Liberty Park — co-star in the new Disney Channel series “Andi Mack.” Courtesy Disney Channel Scott D. Pierce: Jack Nicholson inspired Disney’s ‘Andi Mack’
    The Disney Channel’s new comedy “Andi Mack” — which was filmed in Utah — is about a 13-year-old girl who makes a surprising discovery about herself. ...
    Updated Apr 14 2017 09:30 am   |     |   Share

  • (BYU quarterback Taysom Hill (7) throws the ball during an NCAA college football game against Utah State in Provo, Utah, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. (Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune)   via AP) Scott D. Pierce: Could Amazon be an option for BYU?
    For years, I’ve been advising BYU football fans who were pushing online streaming as an alternative to a TV deal to cool their jets. That the time for...
    Updated Apr 11 2017 09:58 pm   |     |   Share

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    Robert Trachtenberg  |  AMC/Sony Pictures Television  Michael McKean as Chuck McGill and Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill in “Better Call Saul.” Monday on TV: ‘Better Call Saul’ is back; ‘The Great War’ begins; ‘Antiques Road Show’ is still in Salt lake City
    You could say that “Better Call Saul” (11 p.m., AMC) is slow. I’d rather say it’s deliberate. It’s definitely more deliberately paced than a network d...
    Updated Apr 10 2017 02:29 pm   |     |   Share